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Ryan Wales stood in the dark in the middle of the 3,200-square-foot, 16-lane space that used to be the Rodeo Bowl.

Even though the power was out, and the place was lit only by sunlight coming in from the glass doors at the far end, his smile was evident and his vision clear.

Rodney Harwood: award-winning journalist and columnist. Lover of golf and the written word. I can be reached at

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